Rise of the Kingdoms: Gathering of Heroes
Long ago, when the dragons and elves were still young and the dwarves were just emerging, Furani, the Artisan had set to work on what she believed would be a true work of art. She toiled for many a year hammering metals together until she had created a wonder. The creation was the phoenix, a creature that would return from flames when it died. When she finished she looked around and saw the devastation the sparks from her forge had created and was horrified at the beauties destroyed by her work. Len’ean, Goddess of Nature was full of fury and attacked Furani, and so Furani retreated into her forge, bringing the sun to heat the metals so she could try to create something to replace the lost wonders.
Len’ean wandered the devastation and saw that the flames had cleared the old growth away and let new life come from the ashes, much like the phoenix Furani had created when she inadvertently destroyed the land. She tried to get to Furani, but to no avail.
The land withered with only the dim light of the sun-moon on the horizon, but none could get Furani to return before her creation was done. And so Thyn, the Trickster, slipped in and stole some embers from Furani’s forge and gave them to Len’ean. Len’ean pondered over what to do with these small pieces of fire and had thought of the beauty of the sparks from Furani’s forge as they sailed through the air to the ground. And so Len’ean bestowed some of her magic on these pieces of Furani and planted them at the edge of a river. A short time later she went to Thyn, who got her inside Furani’s forge. She convinced Furani to leave the forge to see the truth of what she had done.
First Len’ean showed Furani the new growth that had gone dormant with the loss of the sun, then she brought her to the river to see what had been done with her embers. Under Len’ean’s guidance, the embers had grown into beautiful willow trees with leaves of fire and when the blooms opened, sparks flew to the ground clearing the way for new plants to grow. Furani saw what her flames truly caused and returned the sun to the sky. The burn-willows still grow in the same area, a place of light and the home of many phoenixes to this day.